Tips to Relieve Common Post-Weight Loss Surgery Complaints

Nausea, Vomiting, Constipation. You may have already experienced one or more of these nagging issues since your weight loss surgery. Following the recommended diet guidelines and eating habits/methods noted in your program binder will help prevent these common post-surgery symptoms.


If you experience discomfort, nausea or vomiting, identify the cause by answering the following questions:

  • Did you eat too fast or not chew your food well enough?
  • Did you eat too much?
  • Did you drink fluids with the meal or too soon after the meal?
  • Did you lie down too soon after the meal?
  • Did you eat hard to digest foods such as tough meat or fresh bread?
Remember to always pay attention to your body’s signals of fullness. If you feel full, stop eating.

To relieve any symptoms of nausea or feelings of discomfort, try the following: stand up and move, stay upright and do not lie down, drink clear liquids for your next meal. For vomiting that continues throughout the day, stop eating solid foods and just sip clear liquids. Warm liquids may work better to control nausea.


Your normal bowel pattern may be close to one bowel movement every two-three days after surgery due to your decreased food intake. However, if you are suffering from constipation try the following:

  • Increase your fluid intake to at least 8 to 10, 8-ounce glasses per day between meals.
  • Increase your exercise or movement.
  • Try an over-the-counter stool softener.
  • Use a fiber supplement in your fluids.
  • Eat high-fiber foods, such as bran cereals, mashed peas, pinto and kidney beans, and fresh fruits and vegetables, if this is appropriate for the stage of your dietary progression.

** Be sure to call your doctor if intermittent vomiting lasts for more than 24 hour or if you experience high fever, uncontrollable pain, trouble keeping fluids down, difficulty breathing or bloody stools.

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